“Greg’s Big Tree” (East Kimberley, Western Australia) – One of the great pleasures of my Kimberley adventures was sharing them with my family (wife, kids, mum and dad). Dad (Greg) is a keen photographer in his own right and this massive boab in the Cockburn Ranges quickly became his favourite location. So this one is for you Dad!
“Outback Christmas Trees” (Derby, The Kimberley, Western Australia) - Although Australia does not have any native Christmas trees of the traditional variety, I reckon these majestic boabs provide a fine substitute! The large seed pods act like natural baubles hanging from the branches and the fiery outback sunset provides the light!
“Kermit's Pool” (The Pilbara, Western Australia) – Kermit's Pool is the fantastic reward for swimming and rock hopping through Hancock Gorge. The colours of the gorge walls and this pool in particular are truly a sight to behold. The small waterfall entering Kermit's Pool tops off a sensational scene and is a great spot for a refreshing swim on a hot day! The light patch in the background of this scene is reflected light from the towering cliffs and is where the pool spills down a water chute into Regan's Pool.
“Dreamtime at Uluru” (Red Centre, Northern Territory) – Uluru is a sacred site for the Aboriginal Anangu people and a spiritual place for anyone luck enough to visit this amazing place. It is believed to have been formed by the activities of ancestral beings in creation time (Dreamtime). This shot was taken on my last night at Uluru and after 3 previous cloudless days the sky really turned it on for me! The sky behind me looked possibly even more stunning however did not have the compositional advantage of the inclusion of Uluru!
“Devils Marbles Glow” (Devil's Marbles, Northern Territory) – The Devil's Marbles South of Tennant Creek is an incredible photographic location with an array of large balancing rocks strewn around the desert landscape. The surrounding area is quite flat allowing for wonderful low warming light to glow on the marbles during sunrise and sunset.
“Warming Kimberley Light” (East Kimberley, Western Australia) – Whilst scouting the general area surrounding Parry’s Creek Lagoon, I was excited to find this beautiful young boab standing alone like a guard over the surrounding plains. I decided that a sunrise would work well here and the next day I rose early to make the one hour drive from our El Questro accommodation to this spot. It was well worth the early wake up!
“The Descent” (The Pilbara, Western Australia) – This view marks the end point of the Grade 5 hike / scramble down Hancock Gorge. To progress beyond this area requires a guide or accreditation to abseil on natural surfaces. The waterfall sliding down into Regan’s Pool looks inviting however it would be highly dangerous to indulge in this plunge!
“Pilbara Garden” (The Pilbara, Western Australia) – One of the main reasons for undertaking my north Western Australia trip in August/September was for the chance of capturing something a bit different in Karijini National Park. The majority of photographers quite rightly visit in April, just after the wet season, providing the best chance for seeing the gorges pumping with water. I took a chance visiting later in the season hoping to capture some wildflowers and I got quite lucky with the conditions. About 8 weeks before my visit the area received unseasonably heavy rain with this perfectly timed to produce a great wildflower display with fields of purple tones covering entire areas of the landscape!
“Castle View” (East Kimberley, Western Australia) – Stunning scenery in Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles). I loved this viewpoint framing the distant castle like structure of the Bungles Ranges that rise abruptly from the surrounding plains. Typical of Purnululu National Park, the whole area is a photographer’s dream! A few hours after this image was taken the mercury soared to over 40 degrees Celsius – and it was still officially winter!
“A Place for Grand Reflection” (Red Centre, Northern Territory) – Ormiston Pound is a jewel of the red centre with great walks winding through the grand scenery of towering cliffs, hardy gum trees and watering holes. An oasis in the desert - this semi-permanent water hole is a haven for local birdlife small mammals such as rock wallabies.
“Dusk on the Plains” (Derby, Western Australia) – I absolutely loved this small grove of boab trees – a location I have not seen photographed before – on a remote edge of the Derby tidal plains. The wonderful afterglow at sunset provided a fairytale feel to this amazing area!
“Invigorating Pool” (The Pilbara, Western Australia) – The waters at Weano Gorge (and all the gorges at Karijini National Park) are surprisingly cold and offer a chance to revitalise after hiking in the heat of the day. This image was taken just after sunrise in order to capture the light clipping the top of the cliff and reflecting into the pool below.
“Guiding Light” (East Kimberley, Western Australia) – For a short period towards the middle of the day, the walls of Echidna Chasm in Purnululu National Park reflect direct light from the cliffs high above onto the lower walls making this this narrow section of Chasm glow intensely. This effect only lasts for half an hour or so however is incredibly beautiful. To my surprise we had the whole place to ourselves during the entire light show!
“Spider Walk” (The Pilbara, Western Australia) – This image was taken in the section of Hancock Gorge known as the "Spider Walk" just before reaching Kermit's Pool. The steep gorge walls are only about a metre apart here and this section can be navigated with both arms and legs spread apart touching either side of the gap - just a like a spider. I found it much easier however just to make my way carefully down the waterfall itself!
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